Did you know that the very first original sodas were carbonated herbal drinks?
“The original ginger ale was blended to help people with indigestion and stomach upset.”
Yesteryear Ginger Ale
Did you know that healthy herbal sodas were an American tradition? Well not all of them were healthy, but many of them were!
In the late 1800s and early 1900s in the United States, drug stores and soda fountains were located in the same building. The soda fountain counter was a common meeting place in American towns and cities.
Pharmacists mixed carbonated water and sugar into medicines to make the medicinal treatment more palatable. They concocted custom sodas depending on what ailment the customer was complaining of.
The original Coca Cola recipe was a mixture of cocaine and caffeine mixed with soda water and sugar as a treatment for headaches.
The original root beer had sassafras and sarsaparilla, herbal medicines known to help with many ailments including indigestion, arthritis, and acne.
Soda has definitely changed. The root beer of 1920 is very different from the root beer today. Now we don’t deal with cocaine and known drugs in
In fact, Harvard School of Public Health says excess soda consumption is playing a big role in the obesity epidemic. Their research shows that people who consume sugary drinks regularly -1 to 2 cans a day or more, have a 26% greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes.You can read about it here.
A good refreshing bubbly drink is so satisfying. Let’s ditch the junky sodas and make our own!
What do you say we make some healthy soda? It isn’t that hard!
Ginger Ale As The Healer
We are going to make some real ginger ale. Not the relic of what you find in the store that’s just mostly sugar.
The original ginger ale was blended to help people with indigestion and stomach upset. You could go to the soda fountain and say, “Hey, I’ve got a stomach ache.” The pharmacist would say, “Okay, I’ll make you up a ginger ale to help you with that!”
Okay, so let’s resurrect our ginger
Save money and save your health. You are what you drink! Making delicious healthy drinks at home is the antidote to all the junky drinks out there.
Enjoy your ginger ale!
Ginger Ale 1
- Fist size piece of fresh ginger juiced into 1 cup fresh ginger juice
- 1 cup honey
- 4 drops liquid stevia
- Carbonated water to taste
- Garnish with lemon, lime or peppermint
- Put fresh ginger juice, honey and stevia into jar and shake until it’s mixed well together.
- Pour a glass of carbonated water and begin by adding a healthy splash of the ginger honey mixture.
- Then continue to add more to taste. Fresh ginger juice is strong and a little goes a long way.
- This mixture of fresh ginger juice and honey is good for 5 to 7 days if stored in the fridge.
Ginger Ale 2
- 4 cups water
- 4 tablespoons fresh, grated ginger
- ½ cup honey
- Carbonated water to taste
- First make a ginger
- Place ginger and water into a pot with a lid on it. I use stainless steel Revere pots; glass and enamel pots also work well.
- Bring water and herbs just barely to a boil and then immediately turn off the fire.
- Let ginger steep for 1-2 hours.
- Using a metal strainer, remove the herbs from the ginger infusion.
- Add honey to the ginger infusion.
- Add carbonated water to preference.
- The shelf life of ginger honey mixture is 3 days, when kept in fridge.